July 2017 Update on New library Branch in Hebron

This is my third blog post about the future library location in Hebron.  My original post talked about the Lents Branch Relocation Project, giving you a ten year history of the project.  On September 8, 2016, I was excited to write about the architects that had been chosen, Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. in partnership with HBM Architects.   I have had several members of the community ask, “When will you start on the new library?”  While it does not look like much is happening, we have been very busy working on the Hebron Branch.

One of the first, and most fundamental, questions in any library construction project is what size the library should be to serve its community best.  The Kentucky Public Library Standards recommends square footage by Population.  Boone County Planning Commission has over 9,000 single and multi-family homes approved for future construction.  The estimated population growth  can be seen in the grid below.   In fact, by 2035, Boone County is expected to surpass Kenton County’s population and become the third largest county in Kentucky.

Year Total Population Estimate
2015 127,712
2020 139,018
2025 150,928
2030 163,722
2035 177,141
2040 191,093

Based on the above estimates, Kentucky Public Library Standards identify that we should anticipate an enhanced level of Library support to our community with a total of 26,000 square feet. Here is your first look at the new building in the architect’s rendering below.

With the square footage defined, the second question in any library construction project is how that space should be allocated.  Twenty-first century libraries are designed to not be boxes or warehouses that store books and computers, but rather a site that embodies pride in the education and culture of our great community.  Some features we anticipate in our future Hebron Branch are:

  • Library as community center: The Hebron Branch has been designed as a gathering space for Boone County.  The building will have a large meeting room with a stage that seats approximately 400 people.  This meeting room can be divided into 3 rooms for smaller programs and meetings.  The Branch will also have an activity room in the youth area, a conference room, and 5 study rooms scattered throughout the building.  The youth area has been designed with early childhood interactive areas to encourage literacy and a teen space to encourage collaboration.  The design of the building allows small group meetings, large programs, quiet research, and active children and teen areas.
  • Library that breathes and grows: The Hebron Branch has been designed to be flexible and adaptive so that it meets not only our needs today, but Boone County’s needs in the future.  Most of this building will have raised access flooring.  This allows us to easily add wiring, electricity, data, and any other new technology not thought of yet to the building as needed.  The raised floor and open design will also allow us to move the Library around as needs change.  We do not know what is coming next.  Libraries need spaces that can be adjusted every three to five years.
  • Library is light-filled: A curtain wall will allow visibility from outside and within.  This wall will feature energy-saving glass. Additional clerestory windows will draw natural light deeper into the building reducing the need for artificial light sources
  • Library is connected to the environment: In addition to the windows allowing a view of natural landscape, the library will have a patio that will encourage people to sit outdoors and enjoy the view of trees preserved from the original site.  An amphitheater that can be used for outdoor library programs as well as booked by the community like a meeting room will encourage use of the outdoor space.  A Story Walk will be installed to encourage families to get out and walk while enjoying wonderful children’s books and early literacy activities.  
  • Library contains new spaces: The Hebron Branch will have four new types of spaces for the community to use: a Retired Adult Area, a Makerspace, a drive-up window, and lockers to pick up holds 24/7.  The Makerspace has been designed as a hub for a variety of creative collaborations targeting people of all ages.  The equipment available in the Makerspace will rotate, becoming an incubator for new ideas fulfilling our mission statement of “Discover, Explore, Experience a lifetime of learning at Boone County Public Library.”  The Retired Adult area will house and display the large type collection.  The over-55 population in Boone County will double in size by 2030.  This space will be universally accessible, user-friendly, flexible to accommodate a variety of activities, and adaptable to facilitate future needs.  One of the most requested features for the Hebron Branch is a drive-up window.  Customers will be able to stay in their vehicles to pick up holds.
  • Library is energy efficient and minimizes long term operational costs: This location will also use geothermal heating and cooling to maintain indoor temperatures.  The building envelope has been designed to reduce thermal conductivity.  The open space within and the windows allow natural light into the building reducing energy costs.  In addition the building will use occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting technology to adjust indoor and outdoor lights as needed based on available sunlight.  

Once the building receives approval from the Boone County Planning Commission it will go out to bid.  After we break ground, the building should take about a year to complete.  As construction progresses we will post videos, pictures and information to our website and social media sites.

–Carrie Herrmann, Library Director

Carrie Herrmann has 30 years of experience in libraries, most of those in Northern Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Masters in Library and Information Science.  Carrie Herrmann has worked for Boone County Public Library for seventeen years, the last two as the Library Director. 

She has served on the Executive Board for the SWON Libraries consortium, served as the editor for the Kentucky Public Library Association’s (KPLA) newsletter, IN-FO-CUS, and on the Continuing Education Committee for the national Public Library Association. Currently, Carrie is focused on a building project for Boone County Public Library.  

In answer to a comment on the blog, here is a drawing that shows the pitch of the roof for the new building.

30 thoughts on “July 2017 Update on New library Branch in Hebron

  1. Wow, this is a really cool plan, BCPL is doing a great job serving the community, kudos to management and the whole library staff!

  2. First of all we don’t need another library. It is not that much further to go the Copper Dome in Burlington. Rt237 is a mess. Getting back to the subdivisions after work is ridiculous and God forbid if you want to go back out and wait for 20 minutes to get to 275. Now with the added traffic on Litton Lane it makes drivfing in Hebron a real headache. Planning & Zoning messed this up bad

  3. Hi Terry: We are working with the Kentucky Department of Transportation on the traffic issue.

  4. Thank you, Michael. We think you will be very happy with the new building. Be sure to come to the Grand Opening next fall!

  5. Hi Terry: There have been two comments from you, this one and the one about the traffic issue. I responded and told you we are working with the Kentucky Department of transportation on it. Was there another comment that we have not received?

  6. Becky You say you are working with the Kentucky Dept. of Transportation what exactly does that mean? Why don’t you or some representative from the Library meet me at Northpointe Subdivision at 7 am and explain to me why it takes 20 minutes to get to 275. It is going to get worse around Christmas with Amazon and when the library opens is not going to help. So I am asking what is going to be done about Rt 237 from Northpointe Subdivision to the new library?

  7. I would like to respectfully disagree with Terry. This library is badly needed. As a homeowner, taxpayer, and parent of two children in Boone county schools who lives north of I-275 in one of the subdivisions adjacent to 237, the location of the main library branch is anything but convenient. The traffic he complains about on 237 that will make his sojourn to the new library less convenient than going to the main branch is an issue for my family every time we drive to the main branch.

    The prospect of having a library that is safely accessible by bicycle to the thousands of children who live in our communities north of the interstate is extremely appealing and a good use of our taxpayer dollars. The new features that are highlighted will make our community a more attractive destination for families who will move to the area to fill the jobs in our growing county.

  8. Hi Terry:

    Our director, architects and facilities manager have all had meetings with the Kentucky Dept. of Transportation. They are aware of the traffic issues and are developing solutions.

  9. Hi Paul: We are getting ready to send the job out to bid. We’ll know more about the groundbreaking after we’ve selected the company for the job. Grand opening should be a year from the groundbreaking.

  10. Hi Kevin: We are very excited about the new library and are glad to hear you are, too. We know this library will be well used by the families and children in Hebron as well as folks throughout the county who choose to attend events in the meeting rooms and amphitheater. We know there will be lots of walkers and we are putting in bike racks and skateboard racks because we believe there will be a lot of young people visiting the library who choose those forms of transportation. As soon as work is underway, we’ll begin posting pictures and video on our website. Stay tuned!

  11. Hi Terry:

    I found a few articles that might answer some of your questions:

    http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/boone-county/2017/02/06/amazon-news-raises-traffic-concerns/97454894/

    http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/boone-county-road-projects-are-moving-forward-despite-kentuckys-budget-freeze-known-as-pause-50

    Also, posted on the Boone County site in late July is a pdf of Boone County Road Projects and the status. The graves Road Interchange is #21 in this document. http://www.boonecountyky.org/document_center/PlanningCommission/FutureRoadProjects.pdf

  12. We don’t need another library in this county. There are enough already. The county will jack the taxes up again to pay for this and then again to pay for all the county employees they will hire which will be friends or family members of those in power.
    That’s what we need more government jobs for us to pay for.
    Traffic will also be worsened with the placement of this library.
    They had a library here in Hebron and closed it. I don’t think they were getting enough customers.
    Also with technology in every home it is not necessary.
    It definitely nothing personal against anyone, just my observation.

  13. Looks like a lot of thought and research went into this plan, and it sounds wonderful! We love the 24/7 Holds Lockers and the MakerSpace idea and hope it is as good as Cincinnati’s (3D printer, VHS/cassette tape to digital/DVD conversion, slide/image scanner, laser/cutter engraver…Yeah!!) Perhaps there’ll be room for a permanent book sale room rather than periodic book sales? (Yes, some of us still prefer books to Kindles.)

  14. Kevin
    I would like to ask you a few questions. You mention about driving to the main library..my question is how many times a week to you make this trip and why do you go to the library? I have a Kindle that I use to read books and most all the other information I can get from my computer. I’m just wondering what is in the library that attracts you & your family.

    You also state that the new library would now be safely accessible to thousands of children on the north side of 275. I haven’t seen 50 bikers use the bike path since it has opened. “Safely accessible” I question that terminology of the bike path on 237. I have seen one biker that wrecked his bike because he stated a car forced off the path. Also how many of those thousand of children who you say will bike to the library will there be in January or February when it is below freezing and there is snow on the ground?

  15. Becky

    Your email says “Our director, architects and facilities manager have all had meetings with the Kentucky Dept. of Transportation. They are aware of the traffic issues and are developing solutions.” What this tells me is that you didn’t take the traffic issue into account when you decided to build the library at the 237 site. Having meetings is not going to help us being stuck in track on 237. And meeting with the KY Dept of Transportation…that makes us sick. We have met with them numerous times over the years. They say they are aware every time we talk to them. Of course these are the same people who have closed the two Erlanger exits for no apparent reason to enter 75 south that have caused long delays on eastbound & westbound 275. Needless to say there are a lot of people who don’t trust the KY Dept of Transportation. Also I have already seen the articles that you linked.

  16. Terry, thanks for your thoughtful and very reasonable questions. It is very nice to be able to have a civilized discussion about the merits of a plan rather than the shouting and finger-pointing that is all too common these days.

    My family and I visit the library for a variety of reasons, though less now than at the Lents branch because of the distance involved. My younger daughter has Girl Scout meetings there, and all four members of my family prefer to read paper books rather than electronic ones; I feel that we have too much screen time already in modern society and do well to have downtime from that. My wife is a small business owner and would take advantage of the community rooms to host Hebron Business Association meetings there and it would be a good focal point for our growing community.

    Though I agree that the bike trails are underutilized at present I have certainly seen them used more frequently than you describe. The children (legally) ride on the sidewalk, safer from traffic. I bicycle for exercise but to cross the interstate on a bicycle is more hazardous than I would like for myself, let alone my children. I would much appreciate the ability to go to the library without needing to take a car. Of course in the winter I expect the biking point to be moot-obviously we have to be practical. Regardless, I see the library as an asset to the community from an educational perspective as well as from a property-value one. With many more houses and additional schools likely to be built north of the interstate our younger population will only grow.

  17. We do need a library in the Hebron area, but the design just does not go with the area. It looks like a retro design back to the 1970’s. Hope we don’t have the plastic seated chairs and all white interiors. Also, with the almost flat roof all you will have with this is leaks. Really, a poor design.

  18. Hi Ron: Thank you for your interest in the Hebron Branch. You couldn’t see the pitch of the roof in the drawings I posted on the blog. Be assured, the roof is not flat, it is tapered toward the roof drains with the applicable slope as recommended by the appropriate architectural and engineering standards. I don’t have the option to add a picture of the roof slope to this reply, but I’ll add one to the end of the blog – look for it there.

    I don’t think the renderings of the new building really do it justice. In designing the building, the architect took inspiration from the region. Looking specifically at the limestone, the bourbon industry (the wood barrels) and the natural wood of the site. You will see these influences on the exterior of the library. We asked him to provide windows that would allow us to take advantage of natural light inside the building and afford a view from the outside of the activity inside the library, so the back side of the library is primarily weatherproof glass. I bet you’ll really like the design when you see the actual building.

  19. As a high school student, I myself am looking forward to this new library. I use the Main Branch quite often for school purposes and just for fun, so having a library five minutes from my house is going to be even more beneficial and enjoyable in my opinion. The design looks fabulous, and I can’t wait to visit it when completed!

  20. Thanks for your support, Nathan. You might be interested in the Maker Space we are putting in the new building. Stay tuned for more information on it as it unfolds!

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